Essential questions: What role does journalism play in a democracy? What is the harm of fake news? How can we stop the spread of fake news?
An informational text about fake news from the 15th century until today (with plenty of tips on how to recognize fake news) is paired with a Jewish folktale about a boy who learns a lesson about spreading false stories.
Learning Objective: to apply an idea from a folktale to information presented in a nonfiction text; to identify strategies for avoiding fake news
1. PREPARING TO READ
2. READING AND DISCUSSING
3. SKILL BUILDING
In this folktale, the rabbi teaches Yankel a lesson. Describe how that lesson applies to fake news. What can be done to protect against fake news? Use text evidence from both the article and the folktale to support your ideas.
In a well-organized paragraph, explain why fake news is a problem and what can be done to solve this problem. Support your answers with evidence from “Are These Stories True? (Nope.)”
Use information in “Are These Stories True? (Nope.)” to analyze a news article you find online. Describe your process: What you analyzed, the results, and your conclusion about whether the article is legitimate or fake.
Literature Connection: Connect to novels that explore how and why information is spread
The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
by Ray Bradbury
by M.T. Anderson